Wednesday, 3 February 2010

I WANT TO RIDE MY BICYCLE I WANT TO RIDE MY BIKE

In some matters I am the master of un-accomplishmentness (is that even a word?) - I was about to take my bike down to the bike cellar in my building for it's winter sleep a long time ago, but I was caught off guard by the snow in November. And the damn snow has stayed on the ground ever since! Not that that's any reason not to tuck the bike in there, but since the damage is sort of done already I have just let other things go first. Alas, the bike's still out there.
What a sad view from my window. Poor little rusting bastard.


Well, even if I'm complaining about all of the snow I am sort of enjoying it too. But I'm still waiting rather eagerly for spring. And if you look at it from the bright side and lie a little bit to yourself it will seem like spring is just around the corner, summer around the next... I crave for warmer days, lighter clothing and - riding my bike!



Which I will do in this darling dress:

I found this vintage dress in spring-like colours with a pattern of biking girls and boys, roses and bike tires on it when I popped by at sale my friend threw some days ago. Otherwise pretty perfect, but I will turn the sleeve in to 1950's style short cap sleeves and make pockets for the fluffy skirt with what's left of the sleeves. It will be great!

Bicycle!

30 comments:

Stéphanie said...

So perfect post ! So perfect style ! Lucky girl !

Angel said...

That dress is gorgeous!!!

Polka Dotty said...

What a great dress, perfect for the summer too.

Buggy Darling said...

Aw your poor bike! im just doing mine up for the spring :)
That dress is adorable, what a find! Lucky Lady xo

Janina Modaal said...

O my dear god, that's a lot of snow :o).

When I see your beautiful spring-pictures, I start dreaming about summer...
Very beautiful!

Sal said...

I miss my bike, too. And my butt is showing it! The dress is simply too perfect - can't wait to see how you style it.

melancholic optimist said...

Thankfully in Portland, with regard to bicycling, all we have to worry about in the winter is rain. Unfortunately, in general, all we have to worry about in the winter is rain. Even though I generally enjoy the rain, and dislike hot weather, even I'm getting ready for a couple of sunny days.

That dress is fantastic, I love the fabric and the cut of the dress - I think shortening the sleeves will be a great idea.

My wife and I just went on an organized bike ride here in Portland where everyone dressed up - the Tweed Ride - it was nice to feel we fit in a bit more, as Portland is generally very casual, and I get about as many stares for wearing a suit while riding a bicycle as I would if I were naked running down the street :)

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the freelancer's fashionblog said...

Buggy Darling : I'll have to mend a little extra this year when spring comes I guess

Sal : Mine is showing it too :/

Melancholic Optimist : We've just had a clear sky and even sunshine after weeks of cloud and snow, the sunshine - if you get some - is wonderful this time of year. Hope you'll get a break from the rain too soon :)

I love the tweed ride pics! Well the whole idea actually :)

melancholic optimist said...

Do a search on flickr for "Portland Tweed Ride" and you'll get a lot more photos.

It was pretty fun, people with picnic baskets and wine, smoking pipes, etc (unfortunately, I'm not good enough at keeping my pipe lit yet to do it while riding) :) Plus, in a city that is dominated by automobiles, it felt really nice to be able to ride down the middle of the street slowly, to chat with people while riding and not have to worry about getting run off the road (since there were over 150 of us in the group) :)

the freelancer's fashionblog said...

Melancholic Optimist : There were a lot of you indeed! And sounds like a whole lot of fun, will go check out more photos now :)

♥Lola said...

I adore that purple dress on you, it's so pretty L)

smilla said...

nice dresses in the first row!
and good idesa of changing details; you could aswell stitch some parts with red yarn, that would define nice contrasts..

Q's Daydream said...

that dress is too perfect! so jealous! ;o)

Bucca said...

hehe cute!

Brook said...

aye yi yi i love it!!!

maegan said...

I too have been getting bike-lust here in the snowy midwestern US. I'm also hatching plans for springy ensembles to pull out in a few months.

twentyinsix said...

j'aime beaucoup

The Queen of Hearts said...

You are hands down, the coolest fucking blog I've come across in months! I absolutely love the authenticity of your retro style -- its not contrived and put-on like many of your contemporaries but you completely and absolutely own it. I'm adding you to my daily reads because I need inspiration -- I need to be reminded that there are cool people like yourself out there who believe in making their own way.

Marie said...

What a cute dress and with the adjustments it'll be perfect!

sueper said...

perfect dress for a spring ride!
I'm just craving for spring/summer...

WendyB said...

I just say no to snow!

Dotti said...

The lil' bike dress is too lovely. Can't wait to see you wearing it for a ride! Winter off, snow on!

RidingPretty said...

Love your blog!
I heart your beautiful bicycle!

So with that in mind I have a 'Green Clean Your Bicycle' post where I share my tips - for instance on how to get rid of rust. I hope you find it useful!...

http://ridingpretty.blogspot.com/2009/10/green-clean-your-bicycle.html

p.s.
I love tweed rides too!

jewlover2 said...

i ADORE this dress!! ADORE, I tell you...an I think the changes you have in store are perfect.
:)

Loveena Guilford said...

That yellow dress in the last photo is very cute, love the rolled up sleeves and the matching belt! Might have to keep an eye on your blog I think!

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Oley said...

likkkee this post!

the freelancer's fashionblog said...

Thanks y'all, once again <3

KOKODA said...

I miss my bike, too. And my butt is showing it! The dress is simply too perfect - can't wait to see how you style it....

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All Women Stalker said...

It's amazing that you can wear a dress while riding a bike! I'm a fan :)

Little Rascal said...

We don't have any snow but I stil don't wanna drag my yellow cruiser out of the shed yet.
Too cold!